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Scottish Cheese Trail

Scotland has some of the world's finest cheeses, many handmade in superb rural locations, well worth a visit. Scottish cheese trail will take you on a virtual gastronomic tour of these delicacies for you to savour all year round.

Award-winning soft and hard cheeses from cow, ewe and goat are all available in Scotland. Many cheesemakers welcome visitors to their dairies, and have fascinating tales to tell.
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Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV27 4LP
Tel:01571 844407

Lesley and Colin have a truly special place here and have deservedly received a Michelin Star. They use neighbouring Highland Stoneware pottery to set the stage for their highly creative dishes and grow many of their vegetables themselves. It is amazing what you can grow so far north when you are skilful and dedicated. Their passion for sourcing the best is well known far from these shores and this star shines as brightly as ever. If you haven’t visited for a while it is surely time to return – but be sure to book! They are Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club and together Lesley and Colin have created sublime meals for over 20 years at The Albannach and it always a pleasure to return to this truly special place.

Tel:01389 849188

Fantastic range of local produce including bakery, meats, fruit and vegetables in this beautifully refurbished farm shop. They sell their own delicious highland beef and lamb and also support other award-winning producers in their chill counter.

There is an amazing CHEESE COUNTER complete with olive bar. With such a great range of fine produce it is easy to create a gift hamper with the pretty baskets on sale or buy one ready made for someone special.

Check out their café entry too. With café, farm shop, woodland walk and walled garden this exceptional family run estate is a joy to visit.

Perthshire Members
Tel:01250 883268

Congratulations to Ballathie for winning Best CHEESEBOARD in Scotland and the UK Award at the British Cheese Awards. (October 2013). Ballathie’s General Manager says: “It’s the latest example of the great culinary strides we’re achieving at Ballathie to make it a major dining destination. Cheese is part of Britain’s food heritage and an important part of a meal.” I couldnt agree more! Turreted fairytale architecture with fine food and wonderful relaxing ambience is signature to this gracious hideaway by Perth. Guests at Ballathie are usually lucky enough to see some of the many red squirrels that live here on the estate. With its glorious riverside location a stay here is pure magic. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.


KA19 7JS
Tel:01655 750163

CHEESEMAKER - A relatively new cheesemaker and already winning awards. Barwheys is a hard Ayrshire cheese from the unpasteurised milk of their pedigree Ayrshire cattle. The handmade cheeses are bandaged in traditional cotton cheesecloth, and carefully aged on wooden shelves for between 9 and 12 months. Some are smoked and there is also a new arrival on the scene, in limited supply, the Barwheys Beastie - a mature wonderfully complex cheese destined for Burns Suppers. No onsite retail - stockists include George Mews Cheese Shop on Byres Road and many more listed on their weblink.

Cambus O’May
AB35 5SD
Tel:01339 753113

CHEESEMAKER - This handmade cheese from Royal Deeside was a family favourite in the 70's when Barbara Reid made it for home consumption on the farm. They now produce a delicious range of raw milk cheeses made the traditional way including one called Lairig Grhu, a crumbly tangy cheese named after the famous mountain pass... all their cheeses have distinctive aromatic flavours to appreciate. You will find their cheeses at local farmer's markets.

Milton of Connage
Tel:01667 462000

CHEESEMAKER - This fine cheese maker also has a superb cheese pantry, and lovely cafe so there is much to see and do. In Apr 2013 it was named one of top ten cheeses in Britain. There are events throughout the season so check their website here for details.........also seen on Hairy Bikers Programme! Family of organic dairy farmers in the Scottish Highlands by Inverness making superb award winning vegetarian cheeses. A wonderful range for your cheeseboard and I also use them in many of my recipes. Their cows are mainly Friesian Jersey cross and Norwegian Reds and graze on lucious clover pastures. Their cheeses are sent across the world and have won international awards. If you are reading this in London they are now also available in Harrods Food Hall. To discover their delicious range and many awards please click on picture for their website. GOLD for Clava and BRONZE for Crowdie at the World Cheese Awards 2007 GOLD ** for Crowdie Great Taste Awards 2007 SILVER for Connage Dunlop at the Royal Highland Show 2007 BRONZE for Cromal Nantwich International Cheese Show 2007 Shortlisted 2007 Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards Runners-up in NFU Innovation awards 2007 WINNERS in New Business and New Product category with the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum 2006

South of Scotland Members - Dumfries & Galloway
Tel:01556 650233

A fine country house set amidst the rolling Dumfries and Galloway hills with a working farm and delightful hosts. Superb local food including their own game. Check out Craigadam Game in meat section for further info. Also a splendid venue for that romantic wedding.

West Craigie Farm
South Queensferry
EH30 9TR
Tel:0131 319 1048

This beautiful café has terrific views over the Forth and is a pleasant short drive from the city centre on the road to the bridge near South Queensferry. They have a comprehensive range of the best Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER. In their cafe they serve a hot dish of the day, light dishes, salads, terrines, soups and home baking. Great supporters of local and home grown produce and a super place to eat. 2009 Winners of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Food, the Sinclair family have been local food heroes for many years with their lovely jams and chutneys from their West Craigie Jam Kitchen and their wonderful farm soft fruits available in punnets from the shop or pick-your-own. Alongside their cafe they also have a great deli with many locally sourced meats, fish and provisions such as Brodies teas and coffees. Well worth a visit... again and again.

Gatehouse of Fleet
Castle Douglas
Tel:01557 814040

ICE CREAM & CHEESEMAKER - Cream O Galloway is so much more than ice cream - although that is award-wininng too! Their green credentials are superb, their visitor centre perfect for families and in addition to enjoying their delightfully creamy ice cream in a great range of flavours you can also enjoy a burger in their cafe - home made from their own organic slow growing beef cattle - so nothing but the best here! Their dairy methods are highly ethical and their sustainability record has won them several awards. Their latest addition to the range is their chocolate chip honeycomb ice cream. The rich, creamy milk on Rainton Farm is also perfect for cheese making. Since recently reintroducing cheese making after a 40 year break they now have handmade soft, spreadable cheeses and hard, sweet farmhouse cheeses- Black Douglas, Cally Crowdie and Carrick. Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese is available at their visitor centre, online and from local shops. This is a very fine organic farm that has been in the same family for generations.

West Clerkland Farm
Tel:01560 482494

Dunlop Dairy has exceptional and unique cheeses: Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop, recently awarded protected status (PGI) made with the milk  from their own native Ayrshire cows; Ailsa Craig a very attractive and delicious soft goats cheese, and Bonnet the ever popular hard cheese made from their own goats milk.  

Vegetarian and pasteurised. Ann has a lovely shop and cafe with not only her artisan cheese on sale but also gifts and a great range of home bakes in her tearoom.

Walston Braehead Farm
ML11 8NE
Tel:01899 810257

CHEESEMAKER - Made with unpasteurized milk from their own flock of Lacaune sheep, and from cows from a nearby farm, Humphrey Errington started making sheep's cheese on his family run farm in the 80's and is justly renowned for the famous ewe's milk Lanark Blue, and White; cow's milk Dunsyre Blue and Maisie's Kebbuck and goats' cheese too. Their small team of staff have been with them many years and I could name restaurants that have proudly served this cheese on their cheeseboards almost since Humphrey began, he has such a loyal following. No onsite farm shop but available in many good farm shops and delis including Clan Carmichael, Valvona & Crolla and Henderson's. Click link to see their mouth-watering website and more stockists.

Millairies Farm
Newton Stewart
Tel:01988 850224

CHEESEMAKER - Fine organic cheese made from their own Friesland flock. Galloway Farmhouse Cheese have their onsite farm shop called From Ewe to You where they have their range of Cairnsmore cheeses - hard ewes milk cheese in various flavours made from organic milk. Also available lightly smoked or with green peppercorns for added flavour. The ricotta is a delightful light textured, high protein, soft cheese. The Cairnsmore range also includes goat's and the more traditional cow's milk cheese. Their shop includes sheep related crafts - sheepskin rugs, fleeces and smaller gift items, plus local foodie items.

58-60 South Street
IV30 4JY
Tel:01343 545111

Whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has been awarded the title of Global Whisky Retailer of the Year for a single outlet at the Icons of Whisky Awards 2009. Family owned, proprietors of Benromach Distillery, renowned wine and spirits experts. A fantastic find for foodies on Elgin's South Street has not only the world's most extensive range of whiskies but also an excellent deli with an impressive CHEESE COUNTER.

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV40 8HP
Tel:01599 511331

Beautiful home on the shores of Loch Duich where you can enjoy imaginative dinners in their conservatory restaurant. They have a wonderful range of local produce from artisan producers on their mouth watering dinner menus. Not as far north as Kyle so look out for the turning to the original Skye ferry, perfect for visiting Kintail, Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye and only a moment's drive from the main road. They also offer Gourmet Weekends and Wine Tasting Breaks. Booking essential. A real find. Liz also offers a very useful range of courses from food hygiene to drinks licensing and health and safety. A handy person to know so here is her link too for further information. Here we are having one of Tony's fine breakfasts. The views of the loch and birdlife flitting around are really special.

Bruar Falls
Blair Atholl
PH18 5TW
Tel:01796 483236

A perfect place to break the journey on the A9 - or just a great place for a day trip. House of Bruar has developed from an interesting foodie stop with some well chosen ladies and gents' clothing, into a very substantial retail outlet - delicatessan, kitchenware, clothing, home and garden. Recently extended, the restaurant is as good as ever with local butchers' sausages and haggis, gourmet seafood counter and tasy buffet options. All self service. The Food Hall is superb. Remember to take your chill bag to bring home the cheeses and meats! By the way there are also the beautiful Falls of Bruar so you can walk off that chocolate cake afterwards!

Home Farm
Isle of Arran - Brodick
KA27 8DD
Tel:01770 302788

CHEESEMAKER - Family business with a fine array of handmade cheddars, from classic island cheddar to mouthwatering and intriguing variations including Chive, Lochranza Whisky, Hebridean Herb, Claret, Mustard, Smoked Garlic and Oak Smoked . He also creates miniature deluxe cheddars, perfectly sized to fit on the local oatcakes. Also incorporating The Bellevue Cheese Company with their Arran Blue, Arran Camembert, Arran Mist and Crowdie. They have a great range of tastes and flavours - something for everyone. The lovely shop is at Home Farm Visitors Centre, a mile north of Brodick. Also available through many mainland outlets.

24 Vatisker

Isle of Lewis, Western Isles
Tel:+44 (0) 1851 820517

CHEESEMAKER - Thanks to the work and dedication of this couple, Lewis now has artisan cheese. Along with their home grown vegetables and free range eggs, this croft has Hebridean sheep, pigs and of course goats for cheese production. Products include A' Chàise Bheag, a creamy textured fresh cheese made from full fat pasteurized cow's milk; Crowdie; White Raven (Fitheach Geal), a hard cheese made from raw Goat's milk; and Brìgh nan Eilean (Essence of the Isles), a Brie type goats' cheese. They are happy to sell their cheeses direct from the dairy, but are not a shop so please ring in advance to check. They have an online shop on their website so click on link. They also have a B&B and a Blacksmith's Forge!

Sgriob-Ruadh Farm
By Tobermory
Isle of Mull
PA75 6QD
Tel:01688 302627

This family of cheese makers use their own dairy herds and traditional methods to produce Traditional Isle of Mull, and Hebridean Blue cheeses, along with Cloth Bound Isle of Mull Truckles and naturally flavoured Isle of Mull Flavells. They have, justifiably, won many awards. The flavours are distinctive and tangy - a real favourite, and I particularly like the mature ones. The dairy, close by the islands delightful & principal town of Tobermory, also has a wee farm shop. Tours are available where you can get a taste of all that happens on a busy dairy farm, and, of course the cheese. Their big reputation means the cheeses can be found in a number of excellent specialist cheese counters, so please ask for them!

Unit 1 & 2
Annat Industrial Estate

Highlands & Northern Islands Members
PH33 7NA
Tel:01397 772957

Proud to supply 'from a croft to a castle.' Letterfinlay is still a family run Specialist Food business supplying hotels, restaurants and private customers throughout the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.

They supply Scottish Beef, Lamb, Venison and game from their own butchery. Their fishmonger supplies fresh Scottish salmon and shellfish as well as traditionally smoked Scottish salmon.

Their deli offers their own traditionally smoked wild venison, Argyll ham, Lorne beef, smoked chicken and duck not to mention some of the finest Scottish farmhouse cheeses plus a range of Highland oatcakes and biscuits.

They are one of the few remaining Highland smokers who use the traditional methods of smoking. Prime cuts of wild Scottish Venison, Beef and Pork are smoked gently over oak logs, following an old Highland recipe, producing the finest smoked meats.

Letterfinlay Smoked Salmon is smoked at their Corpach smokehouse, in the shadow of by Ben Nevis. Its mail order service is a particularly popular lifeline for remote eateries.

Loch Arthur Camphill Community
Tel:01387 259669

CHEESEMAKER - Crannog, Kebbuck and many more made in a modern rural Community. Many awards and even more devotees! Excellent new farm shop and cafe offering not only a fine selection of their award-winning handmade organic cheese and dairy products made onsite but also a fantastic selection of their own organic and locally produced foods: • Breads and rolls baked fresh daily in their own bakery • Organic meats from their own and locally reared animals butchered in their butchery • A remarkable selection of organic fruit and vegetables • Cakes, pies, biscuits, dips, chutneys, and much more, produced in their Farm Shop kitchen ...and even local pottery. A very fine farm shop in a delightful rural setting. Winner of the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards Best Producer 2011. Well Deserved and Many Congratulations!

Rothiemurchus Centre
by Aviemore
PH22 1QH
Tel:01479 812345

Rothiemurchus is a superb family run Highland Estate set at the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Passionate about delicious food, Rothiemurchus not only produces its very own succulent Highland Beef, Velvety Forest Venison and fresh Rainbow Trout all home reared on the estate, it has a plethora of other delicacies and tempting treats. They also have a superb stock of cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER and whilst you are there, tarry awhile and walk around Loch An Eilein - pure magic and actually voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot! Rothie (as they are fondly known) also offer more than 30 different outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Before you leave, do try their fabulous cafe too.

Newton Stewart
Tel:01671 403633

CHEESEMAKER - Scotland’s leading yogurt producer has been producing pots of goodness for years as well as mature and mild cheddars. Their popular cheese is tasty for slicing on oatcakes and great for cooking in classics such as macaroni cheese and soufflés. Now Rowan Glen is extending its range to drinking yogurt, with the launch of Scotland’s first home produced probiotic drink. Fruit yoghurts and deliciously creamy low fat plain ones are available too and served at certain award-winning school lunches. Here they are with their lovely stand at Royal Highland Show.

Falside Farm
KY10 2RT
Tel:01333 312580

CHEESEMAKER - Visit Fife's only farmhouse cheesemakers. The glass wall allows you to watch the action and Jane's unpasteurised cheeses from their own herd of cows are a delicious asset to this lovely region. Her well stocked cheese counter is the perfect place to buy her excellent hand crafted award-winning cheeses including Anster, Red Anster with Chives and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar. Tarry a while at their beautiful coffee shop with home baking par excellence! The wonderful home mades soups are served with her absolutely delicious freshly baked cheese scones. The elevated views from the cafe are over open countryside and the sea beyond making it a delightful place to visit. There is also a great range of cheese related foodie gifts in the shop.

28 Gibson Street
G12 8NX
Tel:0141 334 2665

Another real favourite - has character, attitude, and great food. There is a vibrant bar upstairs and warm buzzing bistro downstairs. Menus are quite international in style using finest Scottish produce and often with a bit of humour too. Well worth a visit. I love their strapline...'Think Global Eat Local.' They also have The Chip... so you will be kept busy eating your way around this great city!

Western Highlands
Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV22 2EY
Tel:01445 791242

Absolutely stunning location, set in 58 acres of parkland, this glorious country house is a perfect getaway from urban pressures. You can chill and relax or embark on a range of outdoor activities should you so wish - either way you will have a wonderful time. The Torridon is dedicated to producing creative dishes from as much local produce as possible, supporting many local producers, and growing their own in the adjacent superb kitchen gardens - all delightfully labelled for our interest. Their great reputation for food also caught the eye of the Great British Cheese Awards where their passion for cheeses won them first prize for their CHEESEBOARD....And their excellent whisky bar would seem a fitting place to linger at the end of the day! Their award-winning chef not only excels in The Torridon kitchens but also in their Torridon Inn. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.

19 Elm Row
Tel:0131 556 6066

Valvona & Crolla celebrate 80 years 1934-2014. Their famous food hall is an institution, complete with hanging hams and pans, display cabinets brimming with formaggio (with both Italian and Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER), salamis, fine meats and pates, and air laden with a profumo of artisan comestibles. Through the back of the deli is their super cafe bistro. This World Class Italian deli is a real treasure trove!

Multrees Walk
City of Edinburgh Members
Tel:0131 557 0088

The latest addition to Valvona & Crolla family enterprise, from Mary and Philip''s daughter Francesca, next door to Harvey Nicks. High on style and quality dining, a very 'hip' place to be. The Wine List is selected by Philip Contini, grandson of founder Alfonso Crolla, from his award-winning range in Valvona & Crolla. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Open all day Mondays to Saturdays then Sunday brunch.

Royal Mile
267 Canongate
City of Edinburgh Members
Tel:0131 558 8737

After a successful career in the Lake District we are lucky that Paul has chosen to settle in Edinburgh and opened this lovely restaurant here with his partner Lisa. He is now a prominent figure on Edinburgh's restaurant scene for his stylish contemporary Scottish cuisine and wonderful relaxing atmosphere. As he says they have created 'their own perfect night out.'

A passionate supporter of local produce he has presented entertaining cookery shows at the Royal Highland Show for us and has quite a following! Here is his wonderful take on Herbed Grains, Glazed goats cheese, pickled chanterelles, squash.

Kyle of Lochalsh
IV53 8UW
Tel:01599 577203

CHEESEMAKER - Kathy and David are internationally renowned for their cheese. Indeed I have seen Kathy's well-thumbed book 'Practical Cheesemaking' on many a cheesemaker's bookshelf in Scandinavia too! They run cheesemaking courses where many of our current cheese makers have learnt their craft . They produce a wonderful range of cheeses - Craig Mhaol, Coulommier, Crowdie - along with world class crème fraiche, ice cream and yoghurt. They have an onsite shop in the pretty crofting village of Achmore where they sell their own ice cream and cheeses subject to availability. One of their delicious ice creams is with Isle of Skye Fudge - a nice highland connection. They also stock local honey and oatcakes. Look out for their sign in the village.

West Linton
EH46 7BB
Tel:01968 661908

Whitmuir is an organic working farm growing seasonal produce and rearing Tamworth pigs, Shorthorn cattle and lamb. They have also planted an edible and boozy hedge - sounds like years of interesting tasting ahead! Wonderful organic food hall, restaurant and art gallery include an excellent CHEESE COUNTER. Whitmuir has also devised their Carbon Offset farm scheme and support Leadburn Community Woodland. Although listed under their meats they have a fantastic range of fruit, veg and deli produce too, all as low food miles as possible. See cafe entry too.